Classroom Environment - The Child's Third Teacher
The classroom environment I set along with the children inspires and provokes thought, becoming a ‘teacher’ alongside me.
I believe that a classroom can feel alive and offer a sense of belonging when the space encourages encounters, conversations and shared experiences.
As much as possible, I strive to use the outdoors as an extension of the classroom, and work to bring the outdoors inside the class.
Using a lot of natural materials, unknown objects, and loose parts spark imagination and creativity in a child’s play.
I soften spaces with material or harden them with risky objects.
When setting the environment, I try to offer the possibility for children to play with me, with other children, or even alone. Nooks and crannies are perfect spaces to inspire creativity.
I also believe that the classroom environment does not stop in the classroom, but incorporates the whole school, letting children out and working in the hallways, central spaces, and outdoor playground, allowing students to feel as though they are equal citizens of our school community.